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Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals, LLC

Other (Former) Names of Site: Cadet Chemical (1950s), Akzona Incorporated (1960-1966), Noury Chemical Corp. (1980), Akzo Chemie America-Noury Chemicals (1984), Akzo Chemie, Inc. (1987), Akzo Chemicals, Inc. (1988), Akzo Chemie America (1989), Akzo Chemicals, Inc. (1992), Akzo Nobel Chemicals, Inc. (1994).

 

EPA Identification Number: NYD043815158
Facility Location: 2153 Lockport-Olcott Road, Burt, New York Link to the site map
Facility Contact Name: Richard Richlicki, (716) 778-8554 x. 104
EPA Contact Name: Andy Park, (212) 637-4184, park.andy@epa.gov
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Case Manager: Nelson Schnabel, (716) 851-7220
Last Updated: July 2005
Environmental Indicator Status:

Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 19.4 KB, 7 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 41.7 KB, 17 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals, LLC is located at 2153 Lockport-Olcott Road in Burt, New York in northern Niagara County, south of Lake Ontario. The facility encompasses 350 acres, of which 30 acres are used for the production of organic peroxides. Eighteen Mile Creek is located immediately west of the facility. There is a residential area to the north of the facility, and the north and south portions of Akzo are undeveloped. The groundwater table is 10 to 15 feet below the surface and the direction of groundwater flow in the bedrock is westerly, toward Eighteen Mile Creek.

Areas associated with Akzo Nobel's hazardous waste management include two hazardous waste container storage pads, three inactive landfills, a drum storage area, closed underground storage tanks and associated buildings. The facility has ceased organic peroxide manufacturing operations in April 2003, but remains in operation as a warehouse and distribution center.

Site Responsibility and Legal Instrument

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is responsible for administering the corrective action (site remediation) program under an NYS Part 373 hazardous waste facility permit. The permit also authorizes the operation of a hazardous waste storage facility and two storage tanks for the treatment of hazardous waste.

Permit Status

The Part 373 permit was initially issued in July 1994, renewed in July 2000 and expired in July 2004. However, the Part 373 permit will remain in force and effect until completion of RCRA corrective action activities.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Results of groundwater sampling conducted in 2001 and 2002 confirmed that the contamination is contained within the property. The current source locations are: the former Underground Storage Tank No. 2 (SWMU 17), areas of the western perimeter, and the East/West Influent wells (SWMU 5/6). Any potential for migration of contaminants in overburden groundwater away from these source areas is low. The main contaminants detected above NYS groundwater quality standards are volatile organic compounds (VOC), mainly acetone, benzene, chlorobenzene and methylene chloride.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Investigation (RFI) Report was approved on October 25, 2002. As a result of the RFI report, two additional groundwater monitoring wells, including a bedrock well, were installed along the western perimeter as part of an additional study to demonstrate that monitored natural attenuation is a viable corrective measure at the facility. Results from the groundwater monitoring activities in the western perimeter reported by Akzo in 2002 show elevated conductance, and elevated carbon dioxide levels, which are indicators that groundwater may be undergoing bioremediation in the near source locations. Additional data gathered as part of the Corrective Measure Study (CMS) in 2003 and 2004 continued to support the conclusion that biological degradation processes are taking place at the facility.

In addition, the Risk Assessment Report, also approved in October 2002, concluded that under current site conditions, no non-carcinogens risks to public health were identified at the site. Also, sampling results obtained during the CMS field work in December 2002 eliminated the potential of groundwater to pose an indoor air risk to workers and site residents. The Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Report was approved in March 2004.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

As part of the RFI, extensive investigations of both soil and groundwater have been conducted at the facility. There were 247 temporary monitoring well points to investigate the groundwater at the site. The RFI concluded that none of the impacted areas are an immediate threat to human health or the environment. Contamination of groundwater with VOCs is limited to the developed portion of the facility.

More than 3,854 tons of contaminated soil have been removed, and most of the 3,000 feet of process sewers have been replaced in interim remedial measures. Further characterization of the soil and groundwater contamination in the Equalization Basin and Building 2 Sump was completed in December 2003.

The CMS report concluded that monitored natural attenuation, in combination with deed restrictions and institutional controls, is the best remedy at this facility. On April 19, 2004, the agencies (NYSDEC, NYSDOH and EPA) concluded that addtional investigatory work is needed at this time, however, the groundwater monitoring system along the monitoring natural attenuation program must continue for a foreseeable future.

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in this site fact sheet are available for public review at:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Region 9
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 851-7220

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) makes its public records available for a review under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

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